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Professional Trucking Industry Focuses on Health and Wellness this Spring


Industry offers tangible tips for drivers from Pilot Flying J Health Champion Pete Thomas

April 21, 2015Trucking Moves America Forward (TMAF), the industry-wide image and education movement, along with Pilot Flying J Health Champion and NBC’s Most Successful “Biggest Loser,” Pete Thomas, offers professional truck drivers practical advice to achieve health and wellness while on the road. Thomas has inspired thousands of professional drivers with his personal story of transformative weight loss.

“We’ve listened to professional drivers and built the TeamPETE program to offer practical exercise tips and healthier food options for drivers on the road who don’t have the option of a gym or visiting a grocery store daily for food choices,” said Pete Thomas, author, motivational speaker and Pilot Flying J Health Champion.

Thomas says to remember the “3 Fs” for permanent weight loss:

  • Fluid – Don’t drink your calories. Drink a lot of calorie-free water or diet soda with your meal.
  • Filler – Eat plenty of low-calorie vegetables or salad with low-calorie dressing to fill up on healthy items first.
  • Feast – This is the food item you most want to eat. (That mouth-watering steak, filet, or dessert). Eat these “feast” foods sparingly, after filling up on healthy choices like vegetables.

Thomas offers drivers who are members of TeamPETE plenty of exercise and stretching recommendations to encourage movement while stopping to fuel at a Pilot or Flying J. He also provides healthy snack options, including energy foods, and advice on frequency of snacking.

Thomas has made it easy for drivers to choose healthier eating options while on the road through his “Pete’s Picks” list. Drivers can download Pete’s Picks from the Pilot Flying J website and learn how to commit to a healthy lifestyle.

Thomas was on the “Biggest Loser” television program for 62 days in 2005 and lost 83 pounds. After he went home, he achieved further weight loss of 102 pounds, for a total of 185 pounds. He has kept the weight off for 10 years. In 2010, Thomas and Pilot Flying J formed a partnership to coach professional drivers through their journey to living a healthier lifestyle.

Learn more about this partnership and sign up for TeamPETE at PilotFlyingJ.com/health.


About Trucking Moves America Forward
Trucking Moves America Forward is a long-term industry-wide movement established to create a positive image for the industry, to ensure that policymakers and the public understand the importance of the trucking industry to the nation’s economy, and to build the political and grassroots support necessary to strengthen and grow the industry in the future. To learn more, and to join the movement, visit www.TruckingMovesAmerica.com.

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About Pete Thomas

Pete Thomas is the Season 2 $100,000 At-home Winner of NBC’s “The Biggest Loser.” As an acclaimed motivational speaker, highly skilled TV personality, teacher, weight-loss coach and corporate spokesman, Thomas helps corporations educate, motivate and engage employees in their wellness programs. Pete Thomas also provides cutting-edge content for health and fitness oriented blogs, books and magazines. More can be found at www.PeteThomas.com.


About Pilot Flying J
Pilot Flying J, the largest operator of travel centers and travel plazas in North America, is committed to making life better for professional drivers. Headquartered in Knoxville, Tenn., Pilot Flying J has more than 650 retail locations. The Pilot Flying J network provides drivers with access to more than 65,000 parking spaces for trucks, 4,400 showers and 4,000 diesel lanes, with more than 4,100 offering DEF at the pump. Pilot Flying J subsidiary Pilot Thomas Logistics is one of the fastest growing independent energy logistics companies in North America. Together, Pilot Flying J and Pilot Thomas Logistics employ more than 24,000 people. Pilot Flying J is currently ranked No. 7 on Forbes’ list of America’s Largest Private Companies. Visit www.pilotflyingj.com for more information.